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Former Kansas Republican Senator Bob Dole on the campaign trail.
Kansas News Service Sunday, December 5th, 2021

The lifelong Republican represented Kansas on a national stage and staunchly supported his party's candidates, including President Donald Trump. He's remembered in part for pushing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law and for his bipartisan work on food stamps and social security benefits.

Former Kansas GOP Senator Bob Dole has died at the age of 98. (Photo by AP)
Staff and Wire ... Sunday, December 5th, 2021

Former Kansas Senator Bob Dole has died. His wife, former U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole, announced the news on Twitter. Bob Dole served in World War II, where he was injured while fighting in Italy. His war wounds left him with a permanent disability. Later, he was instrumental in passing the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Evergy's Lawrence Energy Center, a coal-fired power plant. (Photo by Brian Grimmett, KMUW)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, November 30th, 2021

A growing relationship between the utility company Evergy and activist investment firm Elliott Management is raising red flags with state and federal regulators.

J. Schafer Wednesday, November 10th, 2021

Two hundred years ago this month, a handful of American traders from Franklin, Missouri, received a warm welcome in the Mexican city of Santa Fe, which signaled the opening of trade on what became known as the Santa Fe Trail. Listen to Part 11 in our monthly series marking 200 years of the Santa Fe Trail.

The race for four seats on the Wichita school board has become a battle between the incumbents and a slate of challengers recruited by the county Republican Party. (Photo by Suzanne Perez, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Wednesday, October 27th, 2021

People running for local office in Kansas find themselves in increasingly partisan-like contests settled by an ever more polarized electorate.  

Substitute teacher Serle McNeil leads an algebra class at Andover High School. McNeil is one of a team of full-time subs rounded up last year to fill in a suddenly chronic shortage. (Photo by Suzanne Perez, KMUW)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, October 19th, 2021

Schools across Kansas can't find enough substitute teachers in the midst of a lingering pandemic and national labor shortage. That could have long-term consequences for students.  

Hays artist Matt Miller stands on a scaffold as he puts the finishing touches on the town's latest mural. (Photo by David Condos, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Thursday, October 14th, 2021

Murals have become a trend across rural Kansas. Here's why more small towns are starting to turn to larger-than-life outdoor artwork.  

Traders along the Santa Fe Trail, leaving Bent's Fort (circa 1840).
J. Schafer Monday, October 11th, 2021

KPR's monthly series, commemorating 200 years of the Santa Fe Trail, continues this week as we recognize Indigenous People's Day (October 11, 2021) and reflect upon the arrival of Native Peoples in North America. This radio series highlights excerpts from the documentary called The Road to Santa Fe.

Kansas Highway 23 divides the Gray County Wind Farm from the Ensign Wind Farm. (Photo by Brian Grimmett, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Wednesday, October 6th, 2021

After decades of success, the Kansas wind industry faces new challenges that could slow its growth.

Turbines at the Gray County Wind Farm near Montezuma, Kansas. (Photo by Brian Grimmett, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, October 5th, 2021

Living in the shadow of the state's first large-scale wind farm for 20 years has been an economic boon for the people living in Gray County, Kansas.


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